"It sucks if the police check": Uber driver in Frankfurt unpacks
Created: 2022-12-15, 4:52 p.m
By: Jana Ballweber
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Drugs, tips and immoral offers: An Uber driver from Frankfurt answers the bizarre questions from Reddit users.
Frankfurt - Fast journeys at low prices: That is the promise of Uber, the US company dedicated to passenger transport.
The drivers have also been on the road in Frankfurt for several years.
But what is it like as an Uber driver in Frankfurt?
This question is answered by a 23-year-old Reddit user who claims to have been traveling for Uber in Frankfurt for a year, reports fnp.de.
In the comments, the Frankfurt clichés then sprout like mushrooms from the ground.
A user wants to know how often a passenger has already taken coke in the car.
The driver said he hadn't experienced that before.
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But when asked about the smell of marijuana in the car, he has to say yes.
Young people in particular are always accompanied by the smell of grass when they get into the car with him.
And: “Joints have often been built in my car”.
A passenger even proudly showed him the illegal substances he had with him.
But even then he remained very relaxed, he writes: “It sucks if the police check.
(...) If that happens, I'll say I didn't know my customer had anything with him".
Tipping in Uber: cash or via app?
A driver from Frankfurt answers
Even other bad behavior can't seem to faze him.
A user wants to know what happens if a passenger throws up.
He has not yet experienced this on his trips to Frankfurt, a customer was recently able to open the door in time before the time had come.
But in case of doubt, Uber would take over the cleaning costs and pass them on to the customers.
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A basic Uber etiquette also seems to be of interest to the Reddit community, especially the crucial question about tips: Whether at all, if so, how much, and in cash or via the app?
He also sees that as rather relaxed, according to the Uber driver.
He personally is happy about a tip in cash, but is not angry if there is none.
In contrast to some other Uber drivers, as other users know to report.
Dispute between taxi companies and Uber also in Frankfurt
He has also received one or the other immoral offer.
A user asks with a wink whether he has ever given up money and used "other payment".
Not that, because he was happily forgiven.
But one passenger pretended to be a woman and offered sexual favors regardless of the fare.
There are discussions with taxi drivers from time to time, the Frankfurt Uber driver continues.
The situation between taxi companies and Uber has been tense for years, including in Frankfurt.
Because Uber currently has slightly lower prices, conventional taxi companies see their existence threatened.
There have already been demonstrations in Frankfurt in the past against the liberalization of the taxi market.
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But the low prices for passengers also have their downsides - for the drivers.
Because they work under pretty precarious conditions.
Because they don't get an hourly wage, they are only paid if they are booked: "It would be better with an hourly wage, because I would then earn something even if I didn't get any trips."
Although he's never idle for long in Frankfurt, he's considering switching to taxis.
In order to earn enough money, he works eleven to twelve hours a day without a break.